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Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival

An evening with novelist Polly Samson and Maia Dunphy


DateSunday March 28th
VenueOnline
Time8pm
Cost€5 - €10
AgeAdult

The Festival Bookseller for this event is The Gutter Bookshop.

If there was ever a time for a fantasy trip to a Greek island, this is it. 

Join Maia Dunphy and Polly Samson for what promises to be a fascinating conversation about A Theatre For Dreamers. Polly’s latest novel, set in 1960 on Hydra, centres on a circle of poets, painters and musicians who live tangled lives.  Ruled by the writers Charmian Clift and George Johnston, troubled king and queen of bohemia, a triangle is forming pointing in the direction of magnetic, destructive writer Axel Jensen, his dazzling wife Marianne Ihlen, and a young Canadian poet named Leonard Cohen. 

Into their midst arrives teenage Erica, with little more than a bundle of blank notebooks and her grief for her mother. Settling on the periphery of this circle, she watches, entranced and disquieted, as a paradise unravels. A Theatre for Dreamers is described as spellbinding novel about utopian dreams and innocence lost – and the wars waged between men and women on the battlegrounds of genius. 

Also joining us tonight will be Polly’s guests David and Romany Gilmour who will perform a couple of songs which they have composed and recorded in response to A Theatre For Dreamers.

Polly Samson is the author of two short story collections and two previous novels. Her work has been shortlisted for numerous prizes, translated into several languages and has been dramatised on BBC Radio 4. Her novel The Kindness was named Book of the Year by The Times and Observer. She has written lyrics for four Number One albums, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.


Maia Dunphy is a Writer and Broadcaster who wrote for many Irish comedy shows before moving in front of the camera to author and host her own series of female-centric documentaries. She won the much coveted Irish Tatler Woman of the Year Award for entertainment in 2017, and subsequently published her book The M Word, a book for women who happen to be parents.

Top: Polly Samson (© Harry Borden). Bottom: Maia Dunphy.